Renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana Monday resigned from the post of president of Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy, accusing its chairman, poet Nawaz Deobandi, of indulging in corruption and flaunting proximity to Azam Khan and thus hindering the Academy’s functioning.
Both Rana and Deobandi were appointed to their respective posts in February by CM Akhilesh Yadav.
“I was never interested in the post, which is too small for my stature, however, Azam urged me thrice to take it up. There is no work of Urdu in the Academy, and Deobandi is engaged in all corrupt activities. He even wanted the task of developing Academy website be given to his son for Rs five lakh,” Rana told The Indian Express.
Rana also claimed that Deobandi flaunted his proximity to Azam during meetings and would pressurise staff. “He even gave a wrong feedback about me to Azam, who is now angry with me. Deobandi just wanted to siphon off money from the Academy,” he said.
Rana said Deobandi never met him even though he was the president of the Academy. He further added his request for providing Rs 25,000 as medical assistance to a poet, Kamal Jaisi,who is on dialysis, was turned down by the Academy on grounds that it was beyond its power.
“When I don’t have the power to help an ailing poet, then there is no use of staying there,” he stated.
Despite several efforts, Deobandi could not be reached for his comment.